5 Things I’m Loving This Week {new feature!}

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know I’ve recently been sharing a picture almost every day with a “5 Things You Should Know About This Picture” caption.

So many, many of you have told me how much you love me sharing this real-life, behind-the-scenes, every day stuff, that it sparked an idea for a new Saturday series called “5 Things I’m Loving This Week”.

This series — which I plan to post on Saturday nights — will be random things I’ve been digging the past week. It could be a link to an article I loved, a recipe I loved, a book I loved, something we’re doing as a family that I loved… or any other thing or idea or something that I’ve been loving that week.

I’m going to try this idea out for a few weeks to see how it goes! It may or may not be something that I continue long-term. We’ll just see!

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

1. Berries — I’m on a berry kick right now and have been eating a big bowl of berries every night before bed as a late-night snack. So yummy! I may also have a wee bit of whipped cream with the berries, too. Ahem. 

2. Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum — Y’all. My kids have never been more excited about starting a new homeschool curriculum. Never. And we’re headed into our sixth official year of homeschooling.

We are completely and totally eating up Core D (Intro to American History)… we love the read alouds, the history, the geography, the Bible, and even the creative writing.

Kathrynne has already begged if we can please continue doing this curriculum every year until she graduates. We’ll see if the momentum continues, but I have to say that I am just soaking it up and enjoying it right along with them.

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

3. New Schedule — In addition to a new homeschool curriculum (we school year-round, so our 2015-2016 year started this past week), we also have a new daily schedule (or probably more of a “routine” since it’s not rigid.)

One of my big goals for this new school year was to find a way to work quite a bit fewer hours each week and to be completely offline for more hours in the middle of the day. I wasn’t sure how it was all going to work, but I’m finding — so far — that being much more compartmentalized and turning off all electronics for chunks of the day actually means that I’m a lot more productive and relaxed in all spheres of life.

I’m really hoping this continues because this past week was one of the best weeks I’ve had in a very, very long time!

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

4. Podcasts — I dabbled in podcasts for the past year or so, but didn’t really fall head-over-heels in love with them until this past month. I’m not sure why, but I now see why people love them so much.

I’ve found a handful of shows that I really love and a few times during the day when I’m finding it so fun to turn on a podcast and listen while driving, while folding laundry, while working in the kitchen, and while straightening the house.

It’s also inspiring me to start seriously considering the idea of producing my own podcast sometime down the road. We’ll see! 5 Things I'm Loving This Week

5. Tough Mudder photos — So I know I’ve talked about this quite a bit, but the official race pictures were released this week and it was SO fun to look through them and relive the highs and lows of the race. Plus, get to see our reactions as we did different things — like come up out of a huge tub of icy water we had just plunged into or trying to climb up out of a mud pit.

The picture above was taken right after we’d gone through the Electroshock Therapy and were almost to the finish line. You can tell we are exhausted but oh-so-happy!

What about you? What 5 things are YOU loving this week?

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Rite Aid: Deals for the week of May 24-30, 2015


Here are the best Rite Aid deals this week, with thanks to Shannon for her help in compiling them. If you are new to shopping at Rite Aid or have questions about their coupon policy, click here.

GE CFL Light Bulbs, 1pk – $4
400 ($4.00) points wyb 1
Limit 1
Free after points

Cheez-It Crackers or Grooves, 6-9oz, Keebler Cookies and Crackers, 7-15.5oz, Planters Peanuts, 16oz, or Pepperidge Farm Cookies – 2/$6
or $3.29 each
100 ($1.00) points wyb 2
Limit 2
Use $1/1 printable
$1.50 after coupon and points

Colgate Total Advanced and Plus White, 5.8oz, 2 in 1, Enamel Health, 4oz, or Optic White Toothpaste, 3.5oz, 360 Manual or Max Manual Toothbrushes, 1ct, or Total Advanced, 250ml, or Optic White Mouthwash, 8oz – $2.99
50 ($0.50) points wyb 1
Limit 2
Use $1/1 coupon from the 5/3 SmartSource insert
$1.49 after coupon and points

Marc Anthony Shampoo, Conditioner or Stylers, or Salon Grafix Hairpspray – $5.99
100 ($1.00) points wyb 1
Limit 2
Use $2/1 printable
$2.99 after coupon and points

See the full list of deals at Rite Aid this week here.

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Walgreens: Deals for the week of May 24-30, 2015


Here are the best deals at Walgreens this week, with thanks to Passionate Penny Pincher for her help with compiling these:

Balance Register Rewards

Spend $15, Get 3,000 Balance Reward Points

*Deal Idea*

Buy 4 Herbal Essence Shampoo – $4
Use $5/3 coupon from the 5/17 RedPlum insert
Pay $10 out of pocket, Get 3,000 Balance Reward Points
$1.75 each after coupon and Balance Reward Points

Register Rewards

Buy 1 Colgate Toothpaste or Toothbrush at $3.49, Get $2 Register Rewards
Use $1/1 coupon from the 5/17 SmartSource insert
$0.49 each after coupon and Register Rewards

Buy 3 Pro Health Toothbrush, Toothpaste or Mouthwash (16.9 oz) at $3.33, Get $4 Register Rewards
Use $1/1 coupon from the 5/3 P&G insert
$1 each after coupon and Register Rewards

Buy 2 Eucerin Skin Lotion at $7.99, Get $8 Register Rewards
Use $1.50/1 coupon from the 5/3 SmartSource
$2.49 each after coupon and Register Rewards

Other Deals

Playtex Sippy Cups, Bottles or Bottle Accessories – $3.99
Use $2/1 printable
Use $2/1 In Ad Coupon
Free after coupon

Orbit Gum – $0.69
Use $0.50/2 coupon from the 3/1 RedPlum insert
$0.44 after coupon

Scott Natural Paper Towels (6 pk) – $4.99
Use $1/1 coupon from the 5/17 SmartSource insert
And use $1/1 In Store Coupon
$2.99 after coupons

Cottonelle Toilet Paper (12 pk) – $4.99
Use $1/1 coupon from the 5/17 SmartSource insert
And use $1/1 In Store Coupon
$2.99 after coupons

New to shopping at Walgreens? Be sure to head over and check out Walgreens 101 where I explain in detail how to maximize the mileage of your money at Walgreens. See the full list of deals at Walgreens this week over at Passionate Penny Pincher.

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CVS: Deals for the week of May 24-30, 2015

Here are the best deals at CVS this week, with a big thanks to Passionate Penny Pincher for her help in compiling them: 

Buy 2 L’Oreal Advanced Shampoo’s at $4.99, Get $4 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $2/1 coupon from the 5/17 RedPlum insert
$0.99 each after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 CVS Body wash or Essence of Beauty Cleansing Bath Pouf at $1.99, Get $1 ECBs (Limit 1)
$0.99 after ECBs

Buy 2 Clairol Nice’n Easy, Root Touch-Up or Natural Instincts Hair Color at $7.49, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use Buy One Get One Free coupon from the 5/17 RedPlum insert
$1.25 each after coupon and ECBs

Buy 2 L’Oreal Mascara at $8.49, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $2/1 printable or coupon from the 5/17 RedPlum insert
And use $5/$15 coupon from the CVS machine
$1.48 each after coupon and ECBs

Spend $10, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)

*Deal Idea*
Buy 3 Listerine Floss – $3.79
Use 3 $1/1 printable
Pay $8.37 out of pocket, Get $5 ECBs
$1.12 each after coupon and ECBs

Spend $15, Get $5 ECB’s (Limit 1)

*Deal Idea*
Buy 5 Sally Hansen Nail Color $3.19
Use $1.50/1 coupon from the 5/3 RedPlum insert
And use $5/$15 coupon from the CVS machine
Pay $3.45 out of pocket, Get $5 ECBs
$1.65 overage after coupon and ECBs

Spend $30, Get $10 CVS Cash Card (Limit 1)

*Deal Idea*
Buy 4 Tide or Gain (19-32 loads) – $5.94
Buy 1 Downy Unstoppable – $5.99
Use $2/1 coupon from the 5/3 P&G insert
Use $2/1 coupon from the 4/12 RedPlum insert
Pay $19.75 out of pocket, Get $10 Cash Card
$1.95 per item each after coupon and cash card

Buy 2 Charmin Basic (12 pk), Ultra Strong or Ultra Soft (9 pk) – $5.99
Buy 3 Bounty Paper Towels (6 pk) – $5.99
Use $0.25/1 printable or $0.75/2 coupon from the 5/3 P&G insert
Use $0.25/1 printable or $0.75/2, $0.25/1 coupon from the 5/3 P&G insert
Pay $28.20 out of pocket, Get $10 Cash Card

Other Deals In Ad

7UP, A&W, Canada Dry or Sunkist (2 L) – $0.99
Use $0.30/1 coupon from the CVS machine
$0.69 after coupon

Gold Emblem Abound Salsa 16 oz, Tortilla Chips, Baked Rice Crisps, Thins, Edamame, Light Popcorn or Wheat Crackers (3 -8 oz) – $1.99
Use $1/1 CVS printable
$0.99 after coupon

New to shopping at CVS? Be sure to check out my CVS 101 post that gives you the full scoop on how to get the best bargains at CVS. See the full list of deals at CVS this week here.

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Weekend Giveaway: Thirty-One Gifts Utility Tote and Insert (4 Winners)

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You all are going to be happy because I’ve got another Thirty-One Gifts giveaway for you today! The last few giveaways I’ve done from Thirty-One Gifts have been some of my most popular giveaways ever, so I’m excited to bring you yet another one, this time courtesy of Kirstin Tracy.

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What Is Thirty-One Gifts?

If you’re not familiar with Thirty-One Gifts, they are a company that offers durable and adorable bags and totes in a variety of styles and kinds. They can all be personalized, too.

31.4Kirstin sent me some of the Personalized Utility Totes with an insert and I love it! There are so many different uses for them! You can use them for storage, for holding library books, for taking on a trip, for organizing supplies… the possibilities are endless.

We put ours in the back of our car to use for carrying groceries, organizing supplies for trips, or when we need to tote supplies to church or other events. I can already tell it is going to come in so handy!

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Want to Keep in the Loop About Specials or Get a Free Catalog?

Be sure to join Kirstin’s Facebook Group to find out about monthly products specials and more from Thirty-One Gifts.

Plus, you’ll want to fill out Kirstin’s 2-question survey in order to join her monthly newsletter or receive a catalog. You’ll also be signed up for a separate $50 gift card giveaway!

Also, if you are interested, fill out this form to find out more information about hosting your own online party or joining Kirstin’s team so you can earn money selling Thirty-One products.

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Thirty-One Gifts offers fun monthly specials. During the month of May, for every $35 you spend, you can get either Large Utility Tote for only $10 or the insert for $15 (the insert is an exclusive product just being sold in May)! Or, if you spend $70, you can get both specials. Find out more about the May Customer Special here.

Get 10% Off Any Order!

In addition, Kirstin is offering 10% off any orders from MoneySavingMom.com readers. This offer is only valid through Monday only.

Here’s how to place an order and qualify for 10% off:

::Go to Kirstin’s Thirty-One Gifts site.

::Click on Place an Order and then click on the MSM Giveaway Event.

::Place your order and get 10% off!

::Please note: Kirstin will have to manually deduct the 10% off after the online event is closed so you won’t see the 10% discount until after she manually submits the orders.

Would you like to win both a Large Utility Tote + an insert from Thirty-One Gifts? To enter to win, just click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address. Four winners will be chosen and posted next week.

This giveaway ends Monday, May 25, at 11:59 pm, CST.

Enter the Giveaway

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